Birds on Broadway

Rusty Blackbird by Taylor McKimens

Rusty Blackbird by Taylor McKimens

One day last fall I’m walking down Broadway and I see someone painting on one of those metal gates that come down over stores when closed.  It’s a bird…I think it’s a crow…cool!! A photographer with tripod is nearby.  An art project?

Wild Turkey by N. Soala

Wild Turkey by N. Soala

A few days later in the NY Times:  a photo of the bird, the painter, and an explanation.

Mallard by Graham Preston

Mallard by Graham Preston

After reading about the National Audubon Society’s “Birds and Climate Change Report”, Avi Gitler, Hamilton Heights gallery owner (Gitler &_____ Gallery), was inspired to commission a series of murals depicting some of Audubon’s birds.

Bald Eagle by Peter Daverington

Bald Eagle by Peter Daverington

Painted on security gates and buildings on the west side of Broadway between 149th and 150th streets, they add life and color to the neighborhood, as well as hopefully increasing awareness of how climate change is reducing and altering habitats for birds (and–once again I might add–for humans).

Tundra Swan by Boy Kong

Tundra Swan by Boy Kong

It is also a fitting tribute to John James Audubon, the bird artist, who once lived in the area, and is buried in Trinity Cemetery.

Audubon with Cerulean Warbler by Tom Sanford

Audubon with Cerulean Warbler by Tom Sanford

http://www.audubon.org/news/introducing-audubon-mural-project
http://gitlerand.com/
http://www.audubon.org/

Common Loon by Kristian Glynn

Common Loon by Kristian Glynn

You can see my post on Trinity Cemetery here:  https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/halloween-countdown-trinity-cemetery/

Vulture

Vulture

and the rest of the “Endangered Species” series here:  https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/painting/endangered-species/

Rusty Blackbird #2

Rusty Blackbird #2

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9 responses to “Birds on Broadway”

  1. createarteveryday says :

    Wonderful. In every respect. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. memadtwo says :

    You know I love that. I always wanted to be a graffiti artist.

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